Magnetic Island North Queensland
Located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park just 8km and a 20 minute ferry ride off the coast of Townsville, Magnetic Island is the perfect tropical escape for a day or a week. With 23 beaches and bays, Magnetic Island has the natural beauty and serenity of untouched paradise within a thriving community. The rocky granite headlands fuse with sheltered bays and beaches, studded with majestic hoop pines trees, creating a dramatic coastline. Over two-thirds of the Island is protected as National Park, providing a haven for native wildlife, including rock wallabies, koalas, possums and over 100 species of birdlife.
Explore the National Park from bay to bay on a network of walking tracks through dry woodlands of wattles and eucalypts and pockets of rainforest, viewing native animals up close in their natural habitats. Snorkel or sail on one of the bays and discover tropical fish and other marine life that live in the surrounding reefs and tranquil waters.
Getting There and Around
Magnetic Island is only 20 minutes on the SeaLink Queensland ferry from Townsville and once you’ve docked it’s straight into island life. If you haven’t brought your own vehicle over on the Fantasea Cruising Magnetic barge, the public bus service makes tripping around the Island a breeze or you can hire a scooter, colourful topless car or baby four wheel drive. Other options for the fitness conscious traveller include exploring the wilderness via walking tracks or bike riding from bay to bay.